Scott Highleyman

Scott Highleyman

  • Director
  • International Arctic,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Washington


Scott Highleyman oversees marine campaigns in Canada, Greenland, and international waters that promote science and community-based conservation of the Arctic Ocean and the welfare of indigenous residents who rely on this ecosystem.

Highleyman has led conservation initiatives in Alaska and Canada for 25 years. He was the first executive director of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, working with coastal communities, Alaska Natives and small-boat commercial fishermen toward sustainable management of U.S. North Pacific fisheries. He also served as staff attorney for Trustees for Alaska, executive director of the Alaska Environmental Lobby and congressional lobbyist for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. As founder of Wildhavens Consulting, Highleyman specialized in community-based and cross-border conservation projects, providing advice to the Canadian Boreal Initiative, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, The Pew Charitable Trusts and many other organizations.

Highleyman holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Williams College and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School at Madison.

Recent Work

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  • Science and Policy Leaders Call for Collaboration on Arctic Fisheries Research

    For two days in late March, Arctic experts from South Korea, China, Japan, Russia, Canada, and the United States gathered at the Korean Polar Research Institute in the Songdo International Business District in Incheon, South Korea, for a roundtable discussion on how to foster more research on fish stocks in the Central Arctic Ocean to support a proposed international fisheries accord for those... Read More

  • A Comprehensive Proposal for Shipping Corridors in Canada’s Arctic

    More oversight and planning are needed to address steady increases in vessel traffic in Canada’s Arctic. Over the past decade, the number of ships using the Northwest Passage has more than doubled, posing risks to areas that are vital to marine life and northern communities. As the polar ice pack recedes, shipping routes related to international trade, mining, oil and gas exploration,... Read More

  • The Integrated Arctic Corridors Framework

    The world is looking to Canada’s Arctic Ocean for the promise of faster and cheaper intercontinental shipping and unexploited natural resources. The Arctic ice is melting because of climate change, which is creating a longer shipping season and has already resulted in vessel traffic increases of 166 percent through the Canadian Northwest Passage since 2004. Pew’s new report, The... Read More

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